Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Climategate E mails and "Global Warming"

There used to be a monthly feature in MAD magazine. Behind the scenes at....." It would take a satirical look at everything from teachers to delicatessens, from cops to clothing stores. It would show what the public saw with what they portrayed as the cynical underside behind the scenes.

East Anglia University has been the center of global warming research. Academic work at that university has driven legislation to cap greenhouse gas emissions world wide. Such legislation would impose taxes on energy use that would burden recession wracked economies with crippling expenses.

Now thousands of e-mails have come to light that reveal a dark underside among global warming activists. Suppression and manipulation of evidence, intimidating dissenting colleagues. Some of the "scientists" have apparently acted to suppress data that does not support their pet conclusions. The Washington Times reports as follows as follows on one such conversation.

"There is a lot of damning evidence about these researchers concealing information that counters their bias. In another exchange, Mr. Jones told Mr. Mann: "If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the UK, I think I'll delete the file rather than send to anyone" and, "We also have a data protection act, which I will hide behind." Mr. Jones further urged Mr. Mann to join him in deleting e-mail exchanges about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) controversial assessment report (ARA): "Can you delete any emails you may have had with Keith re [the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report]?"

In another e-mail, Mr. Jones told Mr. Mann, professor Malcolm K. Hughes of the University of Arizona and professor Raymond S. Bradley of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst: "I'm getting hassled by a couple of people to release the CRU station temperature data. Don't any of you three tell anybody that the UK has a Freedom of Information Act!"

The deletion of such e mails happens to be illegal, a fact not lost upon the professors of East Anglia University according to some of the conversations of the East Anglia professors.

The professors of East Anglia seem to have a passion for their positions that would be more appropriate to a bar room than to a university research center according to the Telegraph, which quotes one such professor as follows.

time I see Pat Michaels at a scientific meeting, I’ll be tempted to beat
the crap out of him. Very tempted."

Unfortunately for the partisans of global warming, everyone can see that global warming has not occurred. To the contrary, the opposite seems to have occurred. The man on the street is candid about that. How does it play out in the "Climategate" e mails? Consider the following.

"Tim, Chris,

I hope you're not right about the lack of warming lasting till about 2020. I'd rather hoped to see the earlier Met Office press release with Doug's paper that said something like -half the years to 2014 would exceed the warmest year currently on record, 1998!

Still a way to go before 2014.

I seem to be getting an email a week from skeptics saying where's the warming gone. I know the warming is on the decadal scale, but it would be nice to wear their smug grins away."

I grew up reading "Galileo" by Bertolt Brecht, which portrayed the clash of Galilei Galileo over 400 years ago over his then revolutionary assertion that the earth revolves around the sun. He was eventually ordered to recant a belief that was at that time considered heresy. A reading of the global warming debate has always seemed to me to ge strait jacketed with the same sort of dogmatism and intolerance as the church of the 16th and 17th century. Until these e-mails came to light, it was just a hunch. But now there is concrete evidence to justify this assertion.

What is even more troubling is the the fact that the question that any child with a globe in his room would ask are glossed over by global warming partisans has not been asked. The question is this. What do China and India contribute to pollution and to atmospheric pollution?

The Powerline blog quotes one such e mail as follows. It should be borne in mind that India and China comprise a third of the world's polulation and have far more air and water pollution in their cities than does the developed world.

"Your prediction for 2009 is very interesting...and I would expect the analysis you have done is correct. But, I have one nagging question, and that is how much SO2/sulfate is being generated by the rising emissions from China and India.... While I understand there are efforts to get much better inventories of CO2 emissions from these nations, when I asked a US EPA representative if their efforts were going to also inventory SO2 emissions (amount and height of emission), I was told they were not. So, it seems, the scientific uncertainty generated by not having good data from the mid-20th century is going to be repeated in the early 21st century (satellites may help on optical depth, but it would really help to know what is being emitted)."

There will be some question about possible illegal acts that led to the disclosure of the "Climategate" e mails. But the deception and manipulation of the public trust easily eclipses such revelations. The proposals to control greenhouse gases through costly intervention and to burden a frail economy with billions in new taxes should be backed by sound science ant honest scientific debate. It now appears that public approval of Al Gore's global warming theories may have been sought in a dishonest manner.

The "global warming" e mails raise disturbing questions that will not go away. The public has a right to know how much "science" that has been packaged and presented to us is fraudulent and unscientific. Human lives and the stability of the world economy are at stake. We can not walk away from this. Sphere: Related Content

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